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A Review of the SEC's Disclosure Effectiveness Initiative

**This is a previously recorded program, originally recorded on July 28, 2016.
 
Based on the recommendations of a Congressionally-mandated Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staff report on disclosure, the SEC has undertaken a comprehensive evaluation of the type of information public companies are required to disclose, where and how it is disclosed, and how the SEC  could leverage technology to improve the readability and navigability of company disclosures. The goal of the review is to seek public input on modernizing the disclosure requirements to facilitate timely, material, company disclosures, and investor access to information.
 
Last September, the Commission published a request for comment on the financial disclosures that companies must file under Regulation S-X for certain entities other than the company itself. In April, the Commission published a concept release seeking public comment on business and financial disclosures required under Regulation S-K. The S-K Concept Release also invites comment on far-reaching topics, including the definition of “materiality,” frequency of periodic reporting, and mandatory disclosure of information relating to public policy and sustainability matters.
 
The panel discusses these and other ideas in the releases, as well as potential legislation, to explore how companies and investors may be affected by any potential changes to Regulations S-K and S-X.
 
This program was sponsored by the Corporate Governance Committee of the D.C. Bar Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section.
 
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